Rituparna Chatterjee

  • Photos: Indian graphic novelist creates 'Chinchin' - a brilliant fan art mashup of Tintin and Chacha Chaudhary 20-09-2014 02:25 PM

    In the course of our short chat on the phone, Delhi-based cartoonist Sumit Kumar casually mentions that Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi's iconic character Tintin looks strikingly similar to Pran's elderly Chacha Chaudhary.After a comparison of both comic heroes, I realize that not only is he right (even the frail bone...
  • 'The biggest strength of a stammering comedian is....suspense': Brave new coffee ad that is both hilarious and emotional, successfully brings out the daily struggles of those who stammer 12-09-2014 01:55 PM

    I always thought I needed a better nose. Jokes about the barren, flat expanse that stretched from my forehead to my upper lip did not help my obsession. Growing up, I thought a good, Grecian nose is more than a gift, it's an investment. You could age badly with lumpy...
  • Watch: 'I'm as comfortable in the Metro as I am in a BMW': The 'real' Delhi girls are not amused about viral video they claim stereotypes every woman from Delhi 08-09-2014 01:16 PM

    Remember the video that had gone viral some time back for mocking a cultural stereotype? Called 'Every Delhi Girl In The World', the video uploaded on the 'beingindian' channel on YouTube opened with a girl exclaiming in disgust 'You're from NOIDA? Yucks! So shady!" Apparently, Delhi women loathe those who...
  • Chennai@375: A Madras you will fall in love with all over again. Don't miss these 20 gorgeous, black and white photos of the city over 100 years 25-08-2014 12:06 PM

    Indian women volunteers carrying flags parading through the streets of Madras, demonstrating for home rule for India, quaint streets dotted with colonial architecture, a Kalashetra dance teacher correcting the position of the body of one of his pupils at a dance institute in the 1950s - this is a Chennai...
  • WTF! Smartphone company forced to take down sexist contest for 'ladies' brimming with smirking condescension after women protest 13-08-2014 02:34 PM

    There have been instances in the past when brands have tried to talk to women like they were idiots. A recent advertisement for a telecom company a few days ago sparked off a snowballing debate on established gender roles. But a tech company's contest to give women a leg up...
  • Photographer who recreated the Delhi gangrape as a glossy fashion shoot on a bus says 'women's safety campaign backfired' after outrage on social media 05-08-2014 03:29 PM

    A photographer who seemingly recreated the gruesome Delhi gangrape incident of December 16, 2012, using male and female models in an upscale fashion shoot on a bus, sparking revulsion on social media, said he was making a point on women's empowerment that horribly backfired. Photographer Raj Shetye's photoshoot 'The Wrong...
  • A woman who is her husband's boss at work but still cooks for him at home? New telecom ad stirs up Twitter outrage and wit 28-07-2014 01:02 PM

    A new advertisement for the telecommunication company Airtel has got many users on Twitter with their knickers in a bunch, debating whether the campaign enforces stereotypes, breaks established family roles, is a modern twist to same old misogynist propaganda or just neo feminism riding on compromise. A woman is shown...
  • Mary Kom's story needs to be told and who tells it is important too: Why Priyanka Chopra as Mary Kom is perfectly alright 24-07-2014 12:22 PM

    Ever since the first poster of the Bollywood biopic 'Mary Kom', where Priyanka Chopra plays the titular role was out, the all-important debate raging both on and offline is about the interesting casting choice for the lead role. This is a film where the female character will have to wing...
  • Watch: Kaun Banega Crorepati fights the good fight; releases a heartfelt Hindu-Muslim unity promo in the month of Ramazan 23-07-2014 12:12 PM

    Any commentary on the sticky subject of Hindu-Muslim relations is fraught with the danger of hyperbole. I will go right ahead and say it. The popular television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati has won the public relations war with a series of sensitive TV promos aimed at addressing contentious issues...
  • Is the world on the brink of a new Harry Potter series? Harry is 34. Neville Longbottom is an alcoholic. 15 things revealed in JK Rowling's explosive new tease 09-07-2014 02:43 PM

    Author JK Rowling teased a new short story just days ahead of her man wizard Harry Potter's 34th birthday. Written as a news report by the magical newspaper Daily Prophet's gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the story is set around a Quidditch World Cup final in the Patagonian desert and is...
  • 'Because I like a gentle breeze around my legs': We asked why Indians are still madly fond of the 'lungi', Twitter did not disappoint with hilarious replies 02-07-2014 11:54 AM

    Indians made Kevin Spacy wear it. Shah Rukh Khan wore it like a boss. Most Indians who self-admittedly like a bit of cool breeze around their legs still wear it at home. I was worried the lungi - a traditional Indian cloth generally worn by men around their waist -...
  • Can an ordinary citizen get away with the threat Tapas Pal made against women? Why is WB's woman Chief Minister silent? 01-07-2014 02:10 PM

    Television cameras. A large crowd. A public place. People carrying smartphones with easy access to the Internet. People recording his speech on phones. Legal action. If those factors could not deter a man in power from threatening his opponents with rape, what could stop him from actually carrying out his...
  • Quiz: Can you identify these famous Indian landmarks as seen from space? 20-06-2014 12:18 PM

    Some are historical monuments and heritage sites while others are prominent geographical landmarks. You've seen these famous Indian landmarks several times in photos. This is how they look from space. How many can you identify? ...
  • Narendra Modi's slip of tongue, referring to Bhutan as Nepal, and rare applause at Bhutan's Parliament inspire Twitter jokes 16-06-2014 01:50 PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's slip of tongue while addressing a joint session of Bhutan's Parliament, referring to Bhutan as Nepal, was picked up by Twitter users who cracked jokes as he wrapped up his two-day visit to the Himalayan country. A news report that the Bhutanese people, who do not...
  • 'I manage crowds better than the police': At KKR's victory rally, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee steals the show 04-06-2014 10:30 AM

    There's never a dull moment when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee trades her official hat for a pointy, party one and takes over several roles at once - of a compre, traffic controller, admonisher-in-chief and benevolent mother figure to some of Tollywood's ageing legends. I will be honest. I...
  • Five valuable life lessons you learn from senior journalist Shekhar Gupta's farewell letter to The Indian Express employees 03-06-2014 10:47 AM

    It must have been tough writing that letter. But senior journalist Shekhar Gupta's farewell letter to the Indian Express employees - friends and colleagues he said he loved - was deep and thought-provoking. It was both nuanced and heartfelt - therefore moving beyond words. But more than anything it held...
  • Omar Abdullah, Shashi Tharoor, Jay Panda: How Twitter's hilarious trio is helping shatter the Indian politician stereotype 29-05-2014 01:20 PM

    The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. A Member of Parliament. A former Union Minister. The combined humour of Omar Abdullah, Baijayant Jay Panda and Shashi Tharoor on Twitter has not helped save puppies but it has countered the dullness that normally besets India's veteran politicians after years in office....
  • A slimmer and gorgeous Aishwarya Rai is ready to come back to work, but are Indian audiences ready to reclaim her? 22-05-2014 12:41 PM

    Seeing a drop-dead gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the Red Carpet at Cannes in a strapless and golden Roberto Cavalli was a painful reminder of how much I have missed her these past four years. Oh sweet, wistful nostalgia! I realised also, that it is impossible to be an Aishwarya...
  • 'Let's work together': Fierce rivals Shashi Tharoor and Narendra Modi show grace and maturity on Twitter after polls 21-05-2014 01:39 PM

    Thank goodness for common decency. The bitterly fought General Elections of 2014 had generally brought out the worst in our politicians. Popular leaders and their galaxy of supporters threw muck at each other at every chance they got - during rallies, in the print, during television interviews and online -...
  • Difference between 'stree' and 'istree', 'patni' and 'chutney: Ads by kitchen appliance maker want to shatter gender stereotypes 19-05-2014 05:31 PM

    A series of brilliant but short ads by a kitchen appliance maker are almost lost in the deluge of gender-biased product placement on mainstream media. But Havells seems to be doing something right. Social media is abuzz with discussions about the Havells ads that ask users to 'respect women.' Several...
  • Most NOTA (None of the Above) votes logged from Puducherry 16-05-2014 05:58 PM

    Puducherry, from where the All India NR Congress candidate R Radhakrishnan is leading INC's V Narayanasamy, has logged the maximum number of None of The Above votes in Lok Sabha elections 2014. NOTA votes form 1.1 per cent (5269173 votes) of the total percentage of votes polled, according to Election...
  • 'India has won!' Narendra Modi's tweet is India's most tweeted ever 16-05-2014 12:41 PM

    New Delhi: May 16, 2014 will be remembered for many reasons for years to come. The Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide victory in Lok Sabha Elections has marked a new dawn for saffron politics in India. But on Friday, a tweet from the man in focus, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra...
  • The battle for India boils down symbolically to the battle for Varanasi 10-05-2014 05:32 PM

    New Delhi: A fierce battle of will between two of the top contenders for the Prime Minister's office has transformed a normally tranquil Varanasi, one of the world's oldest inhabited cities and India's spiritual nerve centre, into a symbolic battleground for political rivals Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi, both hoping...
  • Are you interested in writing about actors like us? Big stars who aren't even actors earn in crores, says Pitobash Tripathy 09-05-2014 02:55 PM

    Pitobash Tripathy shot into limelight in 2011 with his effortless performance as a pirated bookseller's sidekick in the film 'Shor In The City'. On May 16, 2014, the actor's upcoming film 'Million Dollar Arm', a biographical sports drama directed by Craig Gillespie under the banner of Walt Disney Pictures, will...
  • 10 years of Chetan Bhagat's 'Five Point Someone', possibly the world's only most-read book everyone has denied reading 07-05-2014 02:59 PM

    No author in literary history has polarised readers as much as Chetan Bhagat since the release of his first semi-autobiographical book 'Five Point Someone' that touched a nerve with readers debating both his style and the quality of his prose. Bhagat is not a literary elite but no other author...
  • Rajinikanth finally joins Twitter to deliver us from trolls: An open letter from a passionate Twitter user and fan 05-05-2014 06:34 PM

    Sir Rajnikanth, Salutation. Like all major announcements - from sliced bread to the iPhone - the launch of Twitter's ultimate secret weapon against online haters, that is, your joining the social platform, caught humanity completely by surprise on Monday. I have to admit I had often secretly hoped, okay, sermonized...
  • 'If there is a heaven on earth, it is here': 30 beautiful, black and white photos from 100 years of Jammu and Kashmir's history 01-05-2014 11:49 AM

    The Kashmir conflict dates back to independence in 1947, when its Hindu ruler dithered over whether to join India or Pakistan. A war broke out between the newly independent states that ended in stalemate the following year. India and Pakistan fought a second war over Kashmir in 1965, and another...
  • You need to see these black and white, vintage images from 300 years of Gujarat's history showing the lives the royals lived 29-04-2014 12:40 PM

    Election for all 26 seats in Gujarat is scheduled to be held on April 30. A lot has been discussed on the Gujarat model of development ahead of the polls. These photos are a nostalgic flashback to a state unsullied by controversies and show a period in history when princes...
  • Historic images of Hyderabad show regal polo team and pet cheetah: 10 vintage, black and white photos of the City of Pearls 26-04-2014 02:11 PM

    Hyderabad, once a princely state, was India's main trading point for diamonds and pearls. These historic images of Hyderabad, the City of Pearls, offer a fascinating glimpse into the heart of its rich heritage. ...